Norwegian Elkhound

Boasting an impressive legacy as a vigilant watchdog, flock guardian and big-game hunter, the Norwegian Elkhound is Norway’s national dog. He adorns a thick gray coat that serves to protect him from all kinds of dangers along with broad head, erect ears and tail which curls up on his back. A medium-size canine by size, he can weigh anywhere between 48 – 55 pounds.

Have you ever wondered how Norway’s national dog, the Elkhound, came to be named after an animal from North America? The name is actually derived from “Elghund,” which translates to “moose dog.” For centuries this breed was utilized for big game hunting in Nordic countries yet now it is typically kept as a beloved pet that adores children. Playful and energetic with a huge personality, the Elkhound presents itself as not only intelligent but also strong-willed.

The Norwegian Elkhound is robustly built to handle even the harshest of terrain and coldest of climates. If you’re a fan of Spitz breeds with an invigorating and lively disposition, then this furry friend might be right for you. The perfect exercise buddy, he requires daily physical and mental stimulation or else he may become destructive or noisy – if his joint health permits it, aim to get him out in some way each day for 20-30 minutes at least twice per day! He has also been known to excel in canine sports such as agility trials, obedience contests, rally competitions (and more!).

His bark may seem loud and disruptive, but it is simply how he communicates. In some cases, this can be a blessing. His good-nature and friendly character made him alert to anyone who enters the home area – his deep growl will surely make any intruder think twice before stepping onto your property. However, if you are out of the house during the day time hours, Elkhound’s barking might really drive your neighbors crazy!

This discerning, obedient pup responds well to positive reinforcement like playtime and treats. He’s a thinker though so don’t think that means unquestioning obedience – keep training sessions interesting or he’ll get bored! Make sure you take extra time to master the “heel” command as this intelligent creature can be a puller at times. With praise and rewards, your bond with him will strengthen in no time.

If you’re allergic or adverse to Elkhound fur and dust, reconsider whether or not this breed is right for you. While he’s easy to groom, your furry friend will shed considerably more hair than other breeds. To maintain a healthy coat and reduce the amount of loose hairs in your home, brush his double-layered coat at least once per week with daily brushing being recommended during peak shedding seasons like spring and fall. Additionally, stay on top of trimming nails as needed, brushing teeth regularly and cleaning ears often to avoid infection from accumulating dirt within them!

A people-loving dog like the Elkhound needs to live in the house. It’s an unhappy Elkhound who is relegated to the backyard with little or no human companionship.

  • Furlyfe Rank
  • Group AKC AKC Not Recognized
  • Origin Norway
  • Size Medium
  • Weight 48 to 55 pounds
  • Coat Length Medium
  • Coat Type Double
  • Colors Black & Gray,Black & Silver,Black White & Silver,Gray & Black,Gray Black & Silver,Silver & Black,Silver Gray & Black
  • Other Names Elkhound, Norsk Elghund, Gray Norwegian Elkhound, Small Grey Elk Dog, Norwegian Moose Dog, Harmaa Norjanhirvikoira
  • Temperament Alert,Bold,Hardy,Loyal,Playful,Strong Willed,Intelligent

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